Here is a great idea but one not often seen. While there are many large Star-of-Bethlehem-style quilts with applique in the empty spots, here is a vintage Broken Star filled in with flora and fauna.
Looking at the photos posted in the online auction one would
guess it's 1840-1880 by applique style and what little
glimpsed of the fabrics. It may be after 1880, which actually makes more sense...
Because the broken star pattern itself tends to have been made
Broken Star pattern from a Mountain Mist batting wrapper
There are not many mid-19th century examples of the star inside a ring of star points.
Emiline R. Miller, Eastern Pennsylvania
Collection of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.
Curators date this variation to 1835-55.
Mennonite or Amish?
Late 19th-early 20th century?
I've been sorting my pictures of star quilts over the past few months and the file on #4007.5 is full of later quilts. Many are Amish or Mennonite dating to the early 20th century like the one below by an Amish woman.
By Amanda Schrock, collection of the Illinois
State Museum and the Quilt Index.
Let's hope Amanda never saw how fugitive those blues turned out to be.
Made for Elsie Otto's wedding 1960,
in the Amish community in
Quilt dated 1887 in the collection of the International
Quilt Study Center and Museum. #2003.003.0159
Perhaps based on the above pattern structure seen in Pennsylvania quilts
at the end of the 19th-century.
The majority of the vintage examples are from
the 20th century, but often hard to date within that
range because many were made from kits of pre-cut diamonds.
Signed on the back
M Fiene 1940
The diamonds are often cut from plain cottons.The only clues
to date might be subtle changes in taste in greens or color vibrancy.
An Aunt Martha kit
Some quilters cut their own pieces from prints,
which makes the quilts somewhat easier to date
This top makes it easy to see why the kits were so popular.
This one is never going to lay flat.
Tim at TimQuilt's posted about some of the kits and die-cut quilts in his collection.http://timquilts.com/2013/06/29/more-about-lone-star-quilts/